(MT. VERNON, IL) — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says they’ve received reports of approximately a dozen stolen dogs since December 10th. The sheriff’s office says the dognappers are targeting the Scheller and Waltonville areas, with one witness seeing two females in a white Chevy Cobalt, calling for a neighbor’s dog. The dog jumped in and they drove away, never returning the pet. Law enforcement recommends people keep an eye on their pets and look for any suspicious behavior and reporting any suspicious vehicles to the sheriff’s office. Get a description of the vehicle and a license plate if you can, as the sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in solving the dog abductions. All pet owners are urged to only post pictures of missing pets to social media, as the dognapper may be looking. You can also post missing dog photos to the Jefferson County Crime Watch Facebook page. If you have any information on the stolen dogs, you’re asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 618-244-8004.